Rainy Monday Here

dsc02507Normally, I love rainy Mondays. (Well, rainy ANYdays, but especially rainy Mondays.) Today, the kids are driving back up to school and I’m not so happy that it’s a rainy day while they’ll be driving.  The good news is that I still get them home for a few more hours, and I’m making the most of that time by baking some cookies to send back with them and hanging out for a few more hours. Luckily, the Elves are here at Loopy packing up all of those weekend orders for you, even though I’m playing hooky.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! It was beautiful here on Saturday and Sunday and we had a nice weekend. Here’s a photo of our colored eggs. The bad news? After I set these out to take a photo, I forgot to put them back in the fridge and so they sat out all night. 18 eggs down the drain. FPS.  I think I have too many things on my brain these days.

We have more great stuff going up in the shop this week. (I’ll come back in to Loopy and work on that later this afternoon and evening, after the cookies are baked and packed and the College Kids sent back northward.) Watch for: Malabrigo Lace and Worsted, Fleece Artist Trail Socks, more new colors of Cherry Tree Hill Semi-Solids, Opal Cotton, and a special shipment from Fleece Artist, “Sea Three”.  This base  is 70% silk and 30% seacell in a worsted weight. 245 yds./150 gr. Gorgeous!

I did knit this weekend. I thought I’d do my Challenge Socks, but all I did was the toe.  Then I made the mistake of starting in on a second project (“just to get it started”) and it kept me captivated. I’m making it out of this yarn and I’m practicing my chart-reading skills. Any guesses as to what I’m making? (Sharon and Claire – you can’t guess, because I already told you both!!) Hopefully I’ll make some progress on my Challenge Socks this week. That is, if I can set this other project down for an evening or two…..

Sheri hasanyoneelsestartedtheirChallengeSocksyet?


  1. We have some pretty heavy rain here right now in Indiana. Hopefully it will clear out before you kiddos drive this way. I haven’t started my challenge socks yet, but maybe soon. Have a Happy Monday!

  2. No rain yet here in WV, my kids are outside playing before the rain starts. I’ve started my challenge socks, but I’m not sure if they’ll count for the official challenge. I’m knitting a stranded pattern–that I had to resize (ugh). I’m using Smooshy in Black Parade and sKnitches self-striping in Loopy’s Red Socks. It doesn’t matter if it counts or not because the socks are coming out so cute! Have a good day and enjoy those last few hours with your two!

  3. I didn’t start my challenge socks (I need to put in an order), because I’ve been knitting and weaving costume pieces for a show I’m in at the end of the month.

    It was really rainy on Saturday, which was bad because I was out in it for more than an hour and got chilled down to the bone! But Sunday was much nicer weather wise.

  4. Well, I haven’t started my challenge socks yet…and well, I probably won’t be starting them…but…I wanted to tell you Happy Easter and it’s always good to see the ‘College Kids’ on the blog 🙂 Reminds me of what they look like!!

    Hope you’re all doing well!!!

  5. Hemlock Ring Blanket is my guess 🙂

    Rain, Rain, Rain…all day yesterday and all day today. I’m kinda tired of it 🙂

  6. I haven’t started on my challenge socks yet – hopefully after the Fling. I spent the weekend knitting on a Clapotis and am dead set on getting it done for next week.

  7. Well, the rain is clearing out of the northern part of the state, so it should be dry once they hit the state line. We are still having rain here in the south though. We had a nice Easter too, glad to hear yours was nice as well.

    I am still deciding on the challenge socks, and I have no idea what you are going to make with the Cascade eco baby camel, but I am sure it will be lovely!

    Have fun baking with the kids.

  8. I started my “challenge” socks, but they have turned out not to be too “challenging”, so I am probably going to make another pair for my “challenge” socks! Easter here was beautiful!

  9. I was thinking of doing a pair of Transitions socks for the 2Q challenge, since I’ve never done colorwork. Have the yarn, got the pattern. Then I started thinking about all the *other* projects that I need to get done over the next couple of months, and I think that just getting those done (without adding the Transitions socks to the mix) will be enough of a challenge for me: a project for my Spring Fling swap partner that needs to be done within the next week; a pair of socks that *must* be done by around May 1st, that I don’t yet have the pattern for; a pair of socks for the nurse at my oncologist’s office, ready to give her on June 10th; and the first two patterns in Cookie A’s book – the first in May, the second in June (each, start to finish in that month) for the “Makin’ Cookies KAL” group on Ravelry. Plus, my niece is getting married August 8th and I’m thinking of knitting her a shawl – and I’ve yet to knit a laceweight project! Plus several baby gifts, a couple of which are already late (the gifts, not the babies)! Plus other projects….

    Glad you had a great weekend with both kids home! Happy baking, and see you *next week*!!! 🙂

  10. Well, up here in Western Massachusetts, it’s a lovely sunny day. Of course, it’s also about 45 degrees out, so socks and knitting will be in the plans for a good while longer. Now that I have a yarn picked out for the challenge, the next challenge is going to be picking out a good pattern for the yarn color and weight.

    Hope you all had a terrific weekend. Too bad about the eggs. Good thing that’s not a problem with cookies!

  11. Happy Easter!
    It is a sunny Monday here in PA! I think you are making Jared Flood’s aka Brooklyn Tweed’s Hemlock Ring Blanket. I made one in the fall and it was fun and addictive.

  12. I too have started my challenge socks, but like Laurie, they seem easier than I expected.

    I am going to try either toe up or two circs as my challenge, and am still looking for just the right patten (and waiting for my reserved book at the library about knitting with two circs!)

  13. No, I haven’t started my challenge socks and probably won’t until I visit Loopy Central next week. It’s hard to believe that Fling is NEXT WEEK! WOOHOO! I’m trying to finish my Daily Sweater before Fling but don’t think that’s gonna happen. I also have WendyKnits’ St Louis Socks OTN and riding in the car as “on the go” project and they also have to be finished before starting challenge socks. These will be making the trip to Fling.

  14. Hmmm in those colors I would case the Hemlock Ring Blanket…I have it in my queue and have the ayrn, but the time eludes me…I want to make one for my Mom’s table….

  15. Are eggs not okay out all night? My mom always hid the eggs before they went to bed and we found them in the morning and ate them. Both my brother and I are alive.

  16. I know, I know but I can’t tell because Claire told me. So Sheri, I will keep your secret and you can “let the cat out the bad” when you are ready. Claire got me started on one too and mine is in a purple heather Cascade 220. She thinks we are going to make 5 or 6 more. Lofty Dreams ….LOL 🙂

  17. I was going to say just what Pamela did…My mom left the eggs out overnight/all day and we ate them too…and I’m still alive to tell the tale. Looking forward to the shop update!

  18. My challenge is going to be knitting socks toe up. Today I bought Wendy’s new Toe-Up Sock Book as a birthday present to myself. It’s tomorrow but hey, might as well start celebrating early!!

  19. I’m going to guess that you are making Girasole by Jared Flood. Your yarn looks really yummy. I made the Hemlock Ring out of the Cascade Eco Wool and just love it.

  20. It’s beautiful here today — and I just saw my first butterfly of the season out the window at work!

    Haven’t started the challenge shocks (don’t think the Viper Pilot socks count since they were already in progress), but plan to start working tonight on the mechanics of converting the stitch pattern of one of Cookie A’s socks so I can go toe-up instead of cuff-down.

  21. I started winding the yarn (but fell asleep in the middle of it). Does that count? Have to pick the pattern. Like I said, narrowed to three. Now, to decide….

  22. I knew it! I KNEW you would LOVE it… heehee – keeping you captivated is it? Me too. I am addicted worse than ever now. But remember to do the socks. You have to keep doing other projects too! Just got Cooke A’s new book and love all her patterns. I will be knitting socks with you too! And that other thing. 😉

  23. I love rainy days too, but, like you, I had to send my 2 college kids out into it yesterday evening to return to school. One only had 45 minutes to travel, while the other had 2 hours. It was nerve-wracking, but they made it safely, as I hope yours did. Can’t wait till next week.

  24. Sounds like you had a nice time with the kids. Your story about the eggs made me chuckle because I’ve been known to do things like that too. Oh well! My 4 yo dyed eggs with me last week. We kept it to 6 since his attention span is short and I wouldn’t know what to do with too much egg salad!

    BTW, I bought some of the Eco Alpaca also from the shop about 3 weeks back, not sure what to do with it yet except pet it!

    Hope you had a Happy Easter – we did. Enjoyed the beautiful weather that the Lord provided as well as the wonderful food! 🙂

  25. We did the EXACT SAME THING with the eggs we dyed Friday with our two kids! Oh, I was so mad at myself Saturday morning when I saw them sitting on the dining room table! Oh, well, the kids don’t like hard boiled eggs that much anyway and I doubt my husband and I could have eaten 2 dozen of them without getting awfully sick of them …… Glad the cookies turned out OK!

  26. I’m guessing a Hemlock Ring blanket? I have made one and I’m on my second I really love the pattern, it’s wonderful, happy knitting.

  27. We had a nice sunny weekend after a week of showers. I think your eggs would’ve been ok..I’ve done the same thing. They were pretty!!!

  28. Very pretty eggs!! I have to tell you, tho, that when I first glanced at the picture I thought it was an enlarged picture of peanut M&M’s and wondered where all the little M’s were….. One track mind, I guess!!
    Can’t wait to see you next week!!!

  29. Yes, I started my challenge socks. They are Wendy’s Garden path toe up socks in DIC smooshy lunar zazzle. These are the first toe-ups I’ve ever done and the first time working off a chart for socks. It’s slow going, but I’m enjoying it so far. It’s proving to be a challenge for me.

    I love you Easter eggs, the colors remind me of yarn colors. Yum!

    I always hate for my kids to travel in the rain, but its part of life.

  30. I started my challenge socks on Sunday, and I love them. I was going to do Cable Net socks, but I was not having any success even getting started, so I decided to do Cirque instead, because there’s still a lot of cabling but with a better written pattern. Numma numma the usual is an AWESOME yarn. I can’t wait for Loopy to get more of it!

  31. I started Cookie A’s Vilai socks in Regia silk. The difficult part is constantly reading the chart. I like to do patterns that I can memorize. Can’t do that with this one. I guess that qualifies as a challenge.

  32. Ummm, why would you throw out eggs? They don’t need to be refrigerated. At least not as much as people think! Next time, I will come get them from you, especially as they were so beautiful! and I forgot to make any of my own.

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